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26 May, Fri Wollemi NP
Grade:6/6 Length 7km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longEast of the Mystery Mountain. Park across the river from the Old Newnes Hotel. Ascend Mystery Mountain. Descend the first line of cliffs, then turn east and traverse on the high ledge. Investigating cliffs and slots. Descend at about GR 441 257 or GR 444 254, depending on the time. Walk back to the cars. About 7k. Scrambling and exposure. Exploratory. Map: Ben Bullen, Mount Morgan View

9 Jun, Fri The Ledge
Grade:6/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longThe Ledge between Koopartoo Ravine and Koopartoo Gully. Park at GR 412 209 on Wolgan Rd and climb NW into Koopartoo Ravine. Walk up the ravine, then climb E to the base of the cliffs at about GR 405 217. Follow the ledge SE and then around to the extent possible, ideally all the way to Koopartoo Gully at about GR 415 221 or even beyond to GR 420 221. Descend to the Wolgan Rd. Includes potentially impossible sections. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 8. View

16 Jun, Fri The Ledge
Grade:6/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longThe Ledge between Pipeline Track and Petries Gully. Park at the Newnes Campground and walk the Pipeline Track till the top of the initial raise at about GR 446 264, then move west and locate a ledge above the first line of cliffs. Follow it west, hopefully all the way into Petries Gully, which may or may not be possible. If successful, this will be a short day, so it may be combined with another short recce from Newnes Campground. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure. Potentially impossible sections.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S and Mount Morgan 89311S Limit: 8. View

26 Jun, Mon Newnes Cliffs
Grade:6/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCliffs above Newnes Campground. Park the vehicles at the Newnes Campground. Make our way up and find a way to above the cliff line, then explore several pagoda spurs above the Newnes Campground. If there’s time, explore a couple of interesting slots to the north. There are several return options, depending on time. Includes potentially impossible sections. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S and Mount Morgan 89311S Limit: 8. View

1-2 Jul, Sat-Sun Lee Creek and Duet Saddle
Grade:6/6 Length 20km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCamp | a trip that involves an overnight stay, usually in a tent.Co-leader Ian Thorpe. Drive on Friday night to Kandos or camp near the walk start. Early start on Saturday morning. Day 1. Drive one car GR 390 853 and another one to GR 388 816 on Nullo Mountain Road. From the second car, take a ridge W to Lee Creek. Take water and climb into Duet Saddle in Bylong Labyrinth. Our progress from here will depend on the available time, but we will try to get to as close as possible or to the Goat Mountain. Establish high camp. About 8k. Day 2. Make our way N to Lee Creek, then up onto Tal Tal Range, follow it SE and descend into Bylong River; then walk E to the first car. Private property access will be arranged. About 12k. This is a recce walk for the planned Wollemi traverse. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Growee 89324S Limit: 8. View

7 Jul, Fri Donkey Mountain
Grade:6/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longSouth eastern cliff line of Donkey Mountain. This is the second walk to this area, to re-visit some of the highlights of the first walk and to explore further. Park on Wolgan Road at GR 386 199. Walk up SSE towards the NE end of Donkey Mountain. At about GR 387 190, turn SW and sidle underneath the cliffs, visiting spectacular overhangs, including Masterpiece Wall. At about GR 376 183, take the ramp up to the next level and explore it, moving NE to the extent possible. What happens next will depend on what we will find, but generally the aim is to eventually gain the top of the mountain and return via one of the known passes. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Gardens of Stone NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 8. View

17 Jul, Mon Petries Slots – Part 3
Grade:6/6 Length 12km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longStart at Newnes Campground and walk up the Pipeline Track to about GR 447 274, then climb north west to the saddle and continue north on the ridge till GR 445 275. Descend and investigate a major slot to the west. Then, investigate the second major slot 400m north, approaching it either from the bottom or from the top. Exit via Petries Slots Pass at GR 440 283. This plan will be modified frequently during the walk as the terrain is very dissected and full of surprises. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S and Mount Morgan 89311S Limit: 8. View

22-23 Jul, Sat-Sun Bylong Labyrinth Area
Grade:6/6 Length 20km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longCo-leader Ian Thorpe. Drive on Friday night to Kandos or camp near the walk start. Early start on Saturday morning. This is a recce walk for the planned Wollemi Traverse. Details to be advised after the walk of 1-2 July 2017. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP Limit: 8. View

11 Aug, Fri Firefly Point to Galaxies Gully East
Grade:6/6 Length 10km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longPark at the locked gate GR 434 258 and walk on Wolgan River Trail to about GR 461 262, visiting a cave house ruin on the way. Next, attempt to ascend along the ridge all the way up to Firefly Point at GR 461 258. From here, climb to spot height 858 and continue along the ridge. If time permits, descend into Firefly Creek around GR 455 252, then climb back out on the ridge. Finally, descend into Galaxies Gully East, and then all the way back to the Wolgan River Trail and to the cars. Partly exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Mount Morgan 89311S and Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 8. View

18 Aug, Fri Koopartoo Mesa South
Grade:6/6 Length 6km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longRavines and slots of Koopartoo Mesa South. Park at the Wolgan Road, GR 420 216. Make our way up Koopartoo Gully to a known (but tricky) pass at GR 414 222. Once above, head east to about GR 416 222 and, starting from here, explore this extremely dissected terrain. Return the same way. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 8. View

22 Aug, Tue The Labyrinth
Grade:6/6 Length 9km Sydney Branch
YB
Walk | A bushwalk of any kind short or longThe Slots and Pagodas of The Labyrinth. Park at GR 430 228 on Wolgan Road and make our way up Minotaur Lair Gully; pass through Minotaur Lair, then turn north and climb up the tributary creek to about GR 421 234. Explore the many slots of The Labyrinth, moving westwards, until about GR 415 233. Exit via Minotaur Lair Gully; the exact route will depend on what we will find and may include Ariadne Thread. Exploratory. Scrambling and exposure.
Location: Wollemi NP
Map: Ben Bullen 89314S Limit: 8. View